Question Best budget cpu for high end tier gpus?

ohio_buckeye

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The cheapest probably is a Ryzen 5 2600 as those can be found for 120 dollars. But for a little more, I would look at the 3600 or 3600x. Those should both be available under 200 and are pretty potent for the pricing. About the same performance as an i7 8700k.
 
The R5-3600 (6c/12T) and 3700X (8C/16T) are both pretty great values for levels of performance given their very reasonable price points....(Few would argue yet that the 3700X or above really help 'all that much' in gaming yet over the 3600, if gaming is a concern, but, if you are content creator, etc., perhaps the 3900X's 12 cores/24 threads might be of interest.)

If you even think you might again need (want?) a CPU upgrade in a years time, I'd probably look at an X570 mainboard, but, B450 with latest BIOS offers a great value currently, as PCI-e 4.0 does not affect/impact much currently, beyond some very impressive CrystalDiskMark sequential reads/writes scores...

No telling whether or not Intel's upcoming socket 1200 will last beyond the duration of 2020, as far as 'upgradeability' (although it would indeed be hard to imagine 'needing' some sort of upgrade very soon after getting a new 10700K/10900K)
 

Fusion1005

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I also agree with the other guys the Ryzen 3600x is best the price/performance CPU..
If you're going to go Ryzen 5 3000 series then get the 3600, not the 3600x. The 3600x is $30 more and offers like 0.2 GHz more performance. It also comes with a slightly better cooler, but all together that def doesn't justify the extra spend. If you really want that extra 0.2 GHz then just OC the 3600. But if you find a 3600x on sale, pick it up.
 

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